4th of July Parade Canceled, but Juneteenth and Pride Parades are on in Evanston

EVANSTON,ILLINOIS JULY 2012 Blues singer Shirley King entertaining the crowd circa July 2012 at Let's Dance in downtown Evanston,Illinois

Evanston, Ill – The city of Evanston, Illinois is under fire this week after an email blast was sent out notifying residents that their Fourth of July parade has been canceled and will be a virtual event, but the Juneteenth and Pride parades were still on.

On Saturday, the city hosted its Juneteenth parade. The celebrations began at 11 a.m. with a parade led by Grand Marshals Cheryl Judice and Jason Powell. The parade went on from the parking lot of the Robert Crown Community Center and proceeded up Dodge Avenue to Simpson Street.

Next week, the city will host a Pride parade on Saturday that includes a parade, an all-day celebration, and a memorial candle lighting ceremony.

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As far as the Fourth of July parade, it’s off.

“The Evanston Fourth of July Association has decided to cancel its fun run, parade, band performance, and lakefront fireworks show for Independence Day this year. Join the Association for a safe, creative, virtual celebration instead! Tune in on Sun., July 4 to enjoy the broadcast,” the city notified residents. The parade is hosted by the association and not the city.

COVID-19 was cited as a reason for the cancelation, “Based on concern for public health due to the unpredictability of the pandemic’s impact, vaccination rates, and in cooperation with our local authorities, the Trustees of the Evanston Fourth of July Association voted to cancel the Fun Run, Parade, Palatine Concert Band performance and Lakefront Fireworks show on July 4, 2021.”

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The city has not have a positive COVID-19 case since June 11th and for the past two months average less than 3 cases per day. 75% of the city’s residents are now fully vaccinated. 86% of the city has had at least their first dose of the vaccine, putting them 22% above the national average in both categories.